16 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

16 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Saint-Denis
— 1 night
2
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
— 4 nights
3
Cilaos
— 3 nights
4
Saint-Joseph
— 3 nights
5
Hell-Bourg
— 2 nights
6
Saint-Denis
— 1 night

1
night
Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Le Chemin des Anglais and then head outdoors with Cap Noir. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Rue de Paris, then savor the flavors at Marche Forain du Chaudron, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de la Paix.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Denis journey maker site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Saint-Denis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Réunion Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saint-Denis, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Saint-Denis

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Marche Forain du Chaudron, Le Chemin des Anglais, Cap Noir, Cascade de la Paix
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Rue de Paris ©
Rue de Paris
Cap Noir ©
Cap Noir
Cascade de la Paix ©
Cascade de la Paix

4
nights
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de Boucan Canot and Bleu Ocean. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de l'Ermitage will get you outdoors.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Saint-Denis to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cilaos.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saint-Leu
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Boucan Canot ©
Plage de Boucan Canot
Plage de l'Ermitage ©
Plage de l'Ermitage

3
nights
Cilaos

Cilaos ©
Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Explore hidden gems such as La Roche Merveilleuse and Parc des Palmiers. Get a sense of the local culture at La Maison de la Broderie and Observatoire des Makes. Explore Cilaos' surroundings by going to Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit), Musee des Arts Decoratifs de l'ocean Indien (in Saint-Louis) and Trois Roches (in Mafate). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Piton des Neiges, cruise along RN5 Road, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cilaos road trip tool.

Drive from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to Cilaos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Joseph.

Things to do in Cilaos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Louis, Parc des Palmiers, Piton de Fournaise, Trois Roches
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La Roche Merveilleuse ©
La Roche Merveilleuse
Piton des Neiges ©
Piton des Neiges
RN5 Road ©
RN5 Road

3
nights
Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph ©
Saint-Joseph is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): look for gifts at Dekocean, then head outdoors with Cascade de Grand Galet, and then go for a stroll along the water at Marine Langevin. On your second day here, visit Manapany-Les-Bains, then get outside with Aquasens, and then head outdoors with Plage de Grande Anse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saint-Joseph, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cilaos to Saint-Joseph takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Joseph can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hell-Bourg.

Things to do in Saint-Joseph

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Petite-Ile
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Cascade de Grand Galet ©
Cascade de Grand Galet
Plage de Grande Anse ©
Plage de Grande Anse
Dekocean ©
Dekocean

2
nights
Hell-Bourg

Hell-Bourg ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get outside with Le Voile de la Mariee, then take a peaceful walk through Foret de Belouve, and then contemplate the long history of Maison Folio. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Musiques et Instruments de L'ocean Indien, and then admire the sheer force of Cascade Blanche.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hell-Bourg trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Joseph to Hell-Bourg in 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Saint-Denis.

Things to do in Hell-Bourg

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Salazie
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Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg ©
Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg
Maison Folio
Maison Folio

1
night
Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis ©
On the 4th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame de la Delivrance, browse the fresh offerings at Petit Marche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, then look for gifts at Coopérative Pro Vanille, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascade Niagara. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de l'Etat, then admire the striking features of The Old Town Hall, then see the interesting displays at Musee Leon Dierx, and finally get outside with Sentier de La Providence.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Denis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hell-Bourg to Saint-Denis takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Denis

Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Cascade Niagara, Coopérative Pro Vanille
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Jardin de l'Etat ©
Jardin de l'Etat
Coopérative Pro Vanille ©
Coopérative Pro Vanille
Cascade Niagara ©
Cascade Niagara

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